Barbara Rubel

  • Director, Griefwork Center, Inc.

Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CPBC, CBS: When you need a dynamic keynote speaker, workshop leader, or trainer, ask for Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CBS, CPBC, a workplace wellness specialist. Barbara, a noted author, is widely recognized as one of the top authorities in the field of traumatic loss and compassion fatigue. Her ongoing focus-motivation, health, and resilience offers tools to professionals supporting crime victims and those coping when tragedy strikes. She has developed training programs covering topics such as Becoming Resilient in Difficult Times, When Compassion Hurts, and Maintaining Resiliency When Tragedy Strikes. Her motivating and humorous, yet insightful presentations and trainings convey optimism and hope to professionals coping with stressful careers. Her content in her trainings and keynotes inspire, educate, and energize audiences. Her motivational speeches will have your audience laughing while delivering a serious message of coping with stress, life balance, loss, burnout, and compassion fatigue.

About Barbara: Barbara Rubel is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She is a Certified Bereavement Specialist and Pastoral Bereavement Counselor. Barbara received her BS in Psychology and holds a Masters degree in Community with a Thanatology concentration from Brooklyn College. Rubel was a Hospice Bereavement Counselor, a Consultant for the NJ Office of the Attorney General and UMDNJ to support those impacted by September 11th and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Brooklyn College. Since 2003, she has been a Consultant for the Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVCTTAC).

Emmy Award Winning Documentary: In Barbara's riveting talks, she speaks of her personal experience. Both of Barbara’s parents were retired NYC police officers and three weeks before she gave birth to triplets, her father died by suicide. Barbara’s story was featured in a PBS Emmy award winning documentary, Fatal Mistakes: Families Shattered by Suicide, narrated by Mariette Hartley.

Accomplished Author: Barbara's first book, "But I Didn't Say Goodbye: Helping children and families after a suicide" drew on her experience as a suicide survivor to offer professionals assistance in helping grieving families. She is the author of the widely acclaimed 30 hour continuing education course book for Nurses, "Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Providing compassion during a time of need", sold through Western Schools. Rubel is the co-author of the Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Training curriculum, "Compassion Fatigue: Vicarious Trauma". Barbara also developed the resource, Palette of Grief®: The art of dealing with loss and life-changing events.

Workshops, Presentations and Seminar Topics

  • Motivation
  • Life-Balance
  • Stress
  • Burnout
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Wellness
  • Peak Performance
  • When Tragedy Strikes and Resiliency

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Following is a list of organizations with whom Barbara Rubel has interviewed, consulted or trained:

• Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance
• Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition of Texas
• FBI National Academy, Missouri
• Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance Annual Two Days in June
• Illinois Victim Assistance Academy
• Indiana Partnership to Prevent Firearm Violence Annual Meeting
• Kansas Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference
• Kansas Crime Victims' Rights
• Kentucky Victims Assistance Conference, Office of the Attorney General
• Las Vegas, NV Police Academy • Missouri Victim Assistance Network
• Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Rutgers University
• Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs and W. TN Legal Services, Inc.
• Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse
• Texas Domestic Violence Shelter-TRLA Cross Training
• Texas Facing Family Violence Conference
• Texas Victim Services Association
• Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse
• U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
• Wyoming Victim Services

Print Publications

• ADEC Forum
• American Association of Sociology Surviving Suicide Newsletter
• Association for Death Education and Counseling Forum (ADEC)
• Bereavement Care Services Ltd.
• Business & Health Magazine
• Catholic Cemetery Magazine
• Central Post
• Clinical and Financial Strategies for the Extended Care Professional (ECPN)
• Columbus Dispatch
• Comforting Friends, Friends for Survival, Inc.
• Franklin News Record
• Friends For Survival Newsletter
• Grief Magazine
• Hamilton Observer
• Illness, Crisis & Loss Journal
• Impact Magazine
• Imprint Magazine
• Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
• Knoxville Sentinel
• Lifesavers Newsletter
• MicronPC
• Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
• Montevideo American News
• Mystic Gateway
• New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association Newsletter
• News & Observer
• Nursing Spectrum, NJ/Upper NY Metro
• Owatonna People’s Press
• Panic Relief News
• Princeton Packet
• Quality Provider OHCA Newsletter
• Recovery Link
• Sentinel
• South Brunswick Magazine
• Staten Island Advance
• School Nurse News
• South Brunswick/North Brunswick Sentinel
• Strategies for the Extended Care Professional Journal (ECPN)
• Tragedy Assistance Program (TAPS) Magazine
• Thanatology Newsletter
• Tribune-Star
• The Times
• Visions Magazine

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